Ensuring the Quality and Credibility of Information

The Fish and Wildlife Service is committed to using sound science in its decision-making and to providing the American public with information of the highest quality possible. Visit our peer-review page for more on what we're doing to ensure the quality and credibility of scientific information we distribute.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is using data standards to increase the quality and compatibility of its data. This approach will increase opportunities to share data and reduce incidents of redundant data development. Visit our data standards page for more. This web page also includes links to the formal process for establishing data standards and to the definitions of terms used in the data standards.

Federal agencies are required to publish guidelines for ensuring the quality, objectivity, utility, and integrity of information we use and disseminate, and to provide mechanisms for allowing the public to seek correction of that information.

This web site is intended to meet those requirements. In addition to our information quality guidelines and those of the Department of the Interior, we also present here our responses to inquiries concerning the quality of information on specific topics.

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Section 515 of Public Law 106-554 (the Information Quality Act)

Department of the Interior's Information Quality Guidelines (pdf)

Fish and Wildlife Service Information Quality Guidelines (pdf) These guidelines have been updated as of June, 2012.

Following are links to your information quality questions, and our responses, on a number of topics. Dates refer to when correspondence began.

FY2015 (October 1, 2014 – September 30, 2015)

Greater Sage Grouse Conservation Objectives: Final Report

Related Documents

FY2014 (October 1, 2013 – September 30, 2014)

Sage Grouse Species Assessment and Listing Priority Assignment Form

FY2011 (October 1, 2010 – September 30, 2011)

No new requests for correction received in FY 2011, however FWS completed the FWS response to request listed below.

FY2010 (October 1, 2009 – September 30, 2010)

FY2009 (October 1, 2008 – September 30, 2009)

FY2007 (October 1, 2006 – September 30, 2007)

FY2006 (October 1, 2005 – September 30, 2006)

FY2005 (October 1, 2004 – September 30, 2005)

FY2004 (October 1, 2003 - September 30, 2004)



Last updated: February 1, 2016